Ras earns NSIC Elite 18 honor for second straight year
The Northern Sun Conference announced that Aaron Ras of Wayne State College was named recipient of the NSIC Elite 18 Award in baseball for a second straight year.
The award is given to the student-athlete holding the highest grade point average with the most credits earned among the 15 institutions playing baseball in the NSIC.
A junior lefthanded pitcher from Bancroft, Ras holds a 4.0 grade-point average majoring in interdisciplinary studies. In his three years at Wayne State, Ras has an 8-7 record with a 5.28 ERA in 29 appearances and 19 starts while striking out 98 batters in just 92 innings of work. He has held opponents to a .238 batting average. This season, Ras had a 0-2 record in three appearances before the season was halted due to COVID 19.
As a freshman in 2018, Ras was named the Wayne State Male Athlete of the Year after posting a 5-2 record and 4.02 ERA allowing just 24 earned runs in 53.2 innings pitched with 44 strikeouts.
“Aaron is a player that puts in the work, on and off the field, even when no one is looking,” remarked WSC head baseball coach Alex Koch. “He is a genuine kid that takes pride in his hard work and dedication on the field as well as in the classroom. Aaron is more than deserving of this award and I am proud to say he is a Wayne State Wildcat.”
The NSIC Elite 18 Award was instituted as part of the NSIC 25th Anniversary celebration during the 2016-17 academic year to recognize the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the NSIC Championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The NSIC Elite 18 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NSIC’s 18 Championships.